Benny (slang)

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Anti-benny message scrawled on a rock at Manasquan Inlet. Labor Day, 2007.

Benny is a derogatory term used by year-round residents of the Jersey Shore to describe rude, flashy, loud tourists from North Jersey and New York. Since local residents appreciate the tourists' economic contribution, the term "Benny" sometimes refers to only those unpleasant tourists that cut lines, drive recklessly, start fights, park on the wrong side of the street, harass women, or deliver other disrespect. Benny is actually an acronym for the tourists' origins of Bayonne, Elizabeth, Newark, and New York - and areas around them. One erroneous definition put forth by some[who?] is that it is short for benefactors for the money they spend at the shore. Most local residents have never believed this definition.[citation needed]

The term 'Shoobie' is used by residents of resort communities in the southern New Jersey Shore, from Long Beach Island to Cape May. The term shoobie was originally used to describe day-trippers who took the train to the shore. The train offered pre-packed lunches that came in shoe boxes; hence the term "shoobie." However, over time the meaning has changed to include tourists that wear sneakers or shoes on the beach, as opposed to most locals who go barefoot on the sand.

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